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Border Patrol Agent Explains Why He Was Forced to Shoot Escaped NY Convict

Back in June, police shot and killed Richard Matt, one of two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York a few weeks prior. David Sweat managed to flee the scene before being caught two days later.

NBC News interviewed Christopher Voss, a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s tactical team, a unit based in Texas. He’s also the man who shot and killed Matt, a necessary action since he recounts “[noticing] immediately that there was a shotgun pointed right at me”:

“He was motioning something but I couldn’t quite tell what it was yet,” he said. “I was still obscured by some of the terrain.”

But as Voss moved into the clearing, he realize he was in the line of fire.

“I saw that shotgun,” he said. “And then the training does kick in and I responded with my M-4.”

Check out the clip below via NBC News:

[h/t NBC News]
[Image via screengrab]

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